FEATURES

We invite all parishioners to update the parish office of any changes in their particulars through this online form.

(You can also download the pdf and submit the hard copy to the parish office)

 

IMPORTANT NEWS 

 

Musings 

Musings: Friar Justin Lim, OFM

Life In The Spirit

 

On the Feast of Pentecost, there are two prayers that I like to use and will recommend to those who sincerely seek the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit: Cardinal Mercier’s Prayer To The Holy Spirit and St Francis of Assisi’s Prayer of Enlightenment.

 

I learnt about Cardinal Mercier’s prayer when I received a prayer card given out by Charlie Goh, leader of the Holy Spirit Charismatic Group years ago. I used to attend the Charismatic Praise and Worship service at the Churches of the Holy Spirit and Christ the King. Later when I joined the Franciscan Order, I found another prayer that inspired me. It is a powerful prayer that seeks the help of the Holy Spirit to change oneself interiorly to follow God’s will in one’s life. Many of us are reluctant to accept who we really are and allow ourselves to change. Both prayers will require us to make a decision to surrender and submit to the Holy Spirit.

 

If you are ready to do so, i.e. change, then pray them faithfully. Something will stir in your mind and heart and soon, you will be living ‘Life in the Spirit’. Your life will no longer be the same. It happened to St Francis and Cardinal Mercier and myself. It can happen to you too.

 

Cardinal Mercier’s Prayer To The Holy Spirit

I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity and happiness. For five minutes every day quieten your imagination, close your eyes to everything visible and your ears to all external sounds and withdraw into the sanctuary of your baptised soul which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. There, speak to the Holy Spirit and say:

O Holy Spirit 
soul of my soul 
I adore you. 
Enlighten, 
guide, 
strengthen and console me.
Tell me what I ought to do 
and command me to do it.
I promise to submit to everything 
that you ask of me 
and to accept all 
that you allow to happen to me.
Just show me what is your will.

If you do this, your life will be happy and serene. Even in the midst of troubles you will experience great consolation, for grace will be given to strengthen and help you to cope with every difficulty.

http://intercessionforpriests.org/cardinal-merciers-prayer-holy-spirit/ 

  

Prayer for Enlightenment or 
Prayer of Commitment

This prayer is found at the end of Saint Francis’ Letter to the Entire Order, 50-52. The letter was most probably written in 1224 and St Francis had already received the stigmata. It is here in this prayer that we find the best expression of his Trinitarian life.

Almighty, eternal, just, 
and merciful God,
grant us in our misery [the grace] 
to do for You alone what we know 
You want us to do, 
and always to desire 
what pleases You.

Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son, 
our Lord Jesus Christ.

And, by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God all-powerful 
forever and ever.
Amen.

http://www.ofsaustralia.org.au/franciscan/the-inner-prayer-life-of-saint-francs-prayers 

 

Memorial And Feast This Week

Memorial

St Philip Neri, Priest;    26 May 2018, Saturday

 

Feast

The Most Holy Trinity;    27 May 2018, Sunday   

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Next session is on Thursday 31 May, 8pm, St Clare Hall!

 

If you know of anyone interested in the faith, invite them to attend this session.
Let us carry out our Christian duty instructed by Christ to “Go out to the world”, making Christ known in the world.
For more information, please contact Philip Lee philipjameslee@gmail.com

 

Pre-Catechumenate

Sessions on Thursdays until 26 Jul 2018
Except 21 Jun 2018
8pm, St Clare Hall

 

Enquiry Sessions

Last Thursday of the month from Aug 2018 to Dec 2018

 

Adult Confirmation 2018/2019

We invite baptised Catholics aged 17 years old and above who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to register by filling up the Adult Confirmation form, Parish website at this link: www.stmary.sg/adultconfirmation 

 

Individuals intending to get married but who have yet to receive the sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to apply. Please email the completed form with a copy of your baptismal certificate to joan@stmary.sg or michael@stmary.sg.

 

Sessions starts 11 June 2018 at 8.15pm, Gubbio, and will run till January 2019. Attendance is compulsory.
Confirmation takes place on 17 February 2019.

 

Catechism Announcements


1) No Catechism on 25 May (Secondary levels) and 26 May (Primary levels).

    Catechism resumes on 13 July (Secondary levels) and 14 July (Primary levels).

 

2) Sec 1 Retreat (25 to 27 May 2018), Sec 1 retreatants please assemble at Gubbio 12pm.

 

Portiuncula Natural Trail, 26 May 2018 

Portiuncula is organising a natural trail for young adults (18 - 40yrs) on 26 May, Sat 9am at Bukit Batok Nature Park. After we take time to immerse ourselves in God’s creation, we would then proceed to the food street at Beauty World for lunch. Do come with your friends and join us in this event! RSVP Ben 9100 1674 / email portiuncula@stmary.sg by 24 May.

 

TGIF, 1 June 2018, 8pm

Can’t wait for your next TGIF? Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun on the Piazza.

Calling all Ministries - why not make TGIF the place to meet? This is an opportunity for networking and community-building, so come and make the most of it. 

All parishioners are welcome. No booking or registration required. Dogs are welcome, too. If you don’t have a dog, come and pet one. See you there!

TGIF June

 

SMOTA Father’s Day Run 2018, Sun 17 Jun 2018

It is time for SMOTA's Father’s Day Run 2018! Come build a community of love within our families, our Parish and the Bukit Batok East community! Please register at the counters set up at the Piazza during weekend masses starting from 19 May!

Date:    Sun 17 June 2018   
Time:    7.30am – 11am    
Distance:    4 km, Bukit Batok Park Connector   

Registration fee is at $30 per family 

There will be goodie bag per family and a lucky draw.
This event is jointly organised with Bukit Batok East CC.

 

Fatima Block Rosary 

Saturdays @ 5pm and Weekdays @ 7.45/8.00pm (Coordinator: 9699 3134)
Kindly call the host family if you are joining them for prayers.

12 - 25 May;    Hima George Block 291C, Bukit Batok St 24;    Mobile:8425 0206   
26 May - 1 June;    Pamela Diocos, 92 Hillview Ave, Hillbrooks Condo;    Mobile: 8499 4552   

 

LRBM - Mary, A Biblical Walk With Our Blessed Mother, 20 Jun - 25 Aug 2018

LRBM presents an 8-part video study by Dr Edward Sri. The study allows you to see the significance of Mary as you explore the Biblical roots of our beliefs about her, and deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way.


SESSION TIMES AND DATES:

Wednesdays:    7:45pm - 9:45pm;     20 June - 22 August 2018   
Thursdays:    9:45am - 12:00noon;    21 June - 30 August 2018   
Saturdays:    7:30pm - 9:30pm;    23 June - 25 August 2018   

 

REGISTRATION: 

Online registration only at http://www.stmary-lrbm.org.sg/Register.aspx
Registration opens 19 May 2018.
Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Course fee: $32.00 per participant

Mary Poster 

 

Canticle Books+Gifts - New Arrivals

These booklets have arrived at Canticle:

  • April 2018 issue of Living Faith (limited copies available)
  • Magnificat April 2018 (limited copies available)
  • 2018 Novena to Our Mother Of Perpetual Help
    Novena to Our Lady is offered every Saturday at 4pm.
  • Easter’s Word Among Us (April 2018)

Living Faith  Magnificat  

Novena Booklet  Easter Word Among Us

 

#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions 

As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.

Prayers are offered:

  1. For those who suffer from insomnia, depression, dementia and stroke; and those with cancer, tuberculosis and other sickness, may they find healing and receive treatment.
  2. For children to be more focused in the studies, may they get good grades and pass all their exams; and help them to be obedient to their parents and elderly.
  3. For peace, harmony and good health in the family where communication can flow freely and easily.
  4. For those unemployed, may the Lord help them find a suitable job with good environment and good colleagues. May they also solve their financial problems with God’s help.
  5. For success to recover monies through investments.
  6. For healing spiritually and physically and to strengthen our faith in Jesus & in bringing those who left their faith back to church.
  7. For success in applying for a 3Room flat in Bukit Batok.

 

Thanksgiving Received 

Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.

  1. Thank you St Clare for answering my prayers, my son has graduated from university.
  2. Thank You Jesus and Mama Mary for good health and all the blessings showered on my family.
  3. Thank You Jesus and St Clare for answering my prayers, my S-Pass was approved and I can continue to work in Singapore.

 

 

Portiuncula Ministry - for Young Adults 

The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.

Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 7.30pm

Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to portiuncula@stmary.sg

 

Notice On Catechism Sessions **Parents Please Take Note** 

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226

 

The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.

In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?

Make Catechesis a priority!

 

SMOTA App 

For news, reflections and latest updates on what’s happening in the parish, download our very own SMOTA App!

Link: http://myapp.churchappbuilder.com/promo/#SMOTA

 

Official Messaging App Channel For Catholics In SG 

Archdiocese Telegram Bulletin Image

Receive urgent, important and authentic information, instantly and directly from the Church:

- Security and safety notices
- Advisory on dubious and fake news
- Info on days of obligation
- Important Church content, etc
Go to www.telegram.catholic.sg for more info and to install the app or search for “CatholicSG” in the TELEGRAM App.

 

Frontdesk Volunteers 

Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at parish@stmary.sg

 

Recruitment For Parish Emergency Response Team 

The parish leadership team is currently looking for medical and security professionals to join Parish Emergency Response teams beginning in January 2017.


If you possess medical, security or defence expertise, do kindly email Johnny Keong (keongjohnny@yahoo.com) OR Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg).

We NEED HELP! 

The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!

 

IT Volunteer

We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (justin@stmary.sg).

 

Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van

We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.

 

Sunday 11am Choir

The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.

 

Ministry     Help Needed     Contact Person and Details    

Catechetical Office

 

Catechists

 

Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg)

 

Coffee Cart    

 

Baristas (Weekends)  

 

Rose Noronha (rosenoronha5@gmail.com

Sun 11am Choir    

Chorister, Musicians

tedeumlaudamus1045@gmail.com

 

Canticle Books + Gifts    

 

Sales

 

Anna Murphy (canticle@stmary.sg)

 

Frontdesk

 

Manning the frontdesk  

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Frontdesk

 

Bilingual Volunteers

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Flower Arrangement Ministry    Arranging Flowers    SMS to Sylvia at 9784 2233

 

 

News

FRIARS

 

 Fr Clifford pic   friars JustinLim

Fr Clifford Augustine  

Fr Justin Lim  

Parish Priest  Assistant Parish Priest 

clifford@stmary.sg

justin@stmary.sg

 

Fr Esmond Chua OFM  Fr Jason Richard OFM

Fr Esmond Chua

 Fr Jason Richard

Assistant Parish Priest   Assistant Parish Priest  

esmond@stmary.sg

jason@stmary.sg

Youth & Young Adult Adult & Family life

MASS TIMINGS

Weekday

  •   6.55am (with Morning Prayer)
  • 12.15pm
  •   7.00pm (Liturgy of the Hours at 6.30pm)

Saturday

  • 6.55am
  • 4.30pm
  • 6.30pm

Sunday

  •   7.30am (Mandarin)
  •   9.00am
  • 11.00am
  •   1.00pm
  •   5.00pm
  •   7.00pm

3rd Sunday

  • 3.00pm (Indonesian)

4th Saturday

  • 8.00pm (Tamil)

 

More timings >

 

Getting Here

By MRT:

Nearest MRT Station: Bukit Batok

By Bus:

Linkway Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 6: 61, 66, 157, 174, 178, 852

Main Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 2: 970, 985

By Car:

Click here for details on parking

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